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It’s up to us to make a difference

This weekend I read an article in the Business section of the Daily Journal about a business owner in the town of West Point who was moving her 12-year-old business to Oxford. As anyone who has been to the town knows, West Point has many fine things to recommend it. Great festivals, antiques and, of […]

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Cruisin’ Flashback event a throwback to when Amory thrived

Last week we touched on how you can get involved to keep Amory thriving. To that end, you can support and attend the events that various civic minded committees are sponsoring. On Aug. 23, the Old Amory Reborn committee will give an old style sock hop. Attendees are encouraged to wear 50s style clothing and […]

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If you don’t like it then say so

My coverage of the Amory School Board meeting was difficult this week. It is rare that someone outside of the board members actually attends the meetings and even more rare when it’s my daughter who is the one showing up to speak her mind. It all started a couple of weeks ago in the kitchen. […]

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With ‘Silver pockets full’ or empty, Saturdays are sacred

A friend once told me, ‘You only get 52 Saturdays a year so use them wisely.’ I can’t remember when during a particular three- to four-year stretch he said it, but recall seeing him use that time to sleep really late to recover from the night before while preparing for another in his more party-driven […]

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Friends Walk is quickly approaching for the year

It’s Friends Walk time again — Sept. 20, 2014, 8:30 a.m. at Frisco Park in Amory. Please support us through a sponsorship, a team, a donation in-kind or any other opportunity outlined on this letter. Opal Carter is our loved and respected World War II paratrooper and has been coming for five years. Sue Raper […]

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Your role in helping Amory unique: Participation

Let’s talk about Amory. What makes her unique? What are her special qualities that might draw visitors and businesses to our town? Now I can list a whole page of what I love about Amory. A-rated school system? Right here. Top notch medical facilities? Got it. Historical interest? Yep. Forward looking leadership? Yes. Along with […]

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Documenting your family’s medical history benefits current and future generations

Mrs. Bender stared at her doctor’s framed medical diploma while trying to recall her parents’ health issues. “Well, that’s all in the past,” she stammered. Not one to seek medical help over the years and now age 81, Mrs. Bender struggled to piece together her own medical history, let alone her parents’. “I think my […]

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The freedom to speak and the freedom to speak freely

As a supporter of the First Amendment, I’m all for freedom of speech. As a newspaper editor, I’m all for hearing people’s complaints about the Monroe Journal to strive to make what we do better. As a newspaper reporter, I’m all about hearing citizens’ concerns about their city – to a degree. Given I aim […]

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Slow down and think before leaving children unattended in cars

The recent death of 22-month-old Cooper Harris of Georgia has the media, social media, parents and bystanders all abuzz about leaving children in a hot vehicle. This is not something that is new to the world. Children have been left in hot vehicles numerous times throughout the years. Last year, there were 44 children who […]

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